Buddhism & Society #2

Theravāda Buddhism: Rules? Rites? Or Civilization?


with Louis Gabaude, former member of the French School of the Far East (EFEO).


Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 6.30pm
Institut français du Cambodge
Conference in French, translated in Khmer and English
Free entry subject to availability


Buddhism as practiced by the elders (theravāda) claims to come closest to the experience of a man of high rank who discovered the inanities of mundane life based on the satisfaction of one’s desires. He came to the conclusion that the solution was in the renunciation of normal life through life as a beggar (bhikkhu). How, from such an antisocial starting point, did we get to the Buddhism we have before our eyes in South East Asia?

“ Theravāda Buddhism in Khmer Lands ” is the second conference of the cycle organised by Anne Yvonne Guillou, anthropologist CNRS / IRASEC, about “ Buddhism & Society ”.